Ecclesiastes 4:9 Two are better than one, because they have a good return for their work: If one falls down, his friend can help him up. But pity the man who falls and has no one to help him up!
A strong partnership will outperform individual effort most of the time. We can get lazy by ourselves, we can get off-track, discouraged at times. With a partner, you have someone to bounce ideas off of, to keep you on track and you can do the same for your partner.
Two Are Better Than One
In the same way, a strong marriage has a powerful influence on a family’s health, strength and prosperity.
Thomas Stanley, author of the Millionaire Mind lists a strong marriage as one of the key factors in wealth accumulation: “The positive correlation between length of marriage and level of wealth is very strong.”
The key of course is the quality of the relationship. A broken partnership or marriage often end up in court with disastrous personal and financial consequences.
Action Step: Consider a partner in any enterprise you enter into. It may not be best to have a 50/50 partner. If you are not ready for this step perhaps a mentor or coach can take the place of a partner. Some communities have Master Mind Groups where people with shared interests can meet on a regular basis. But remember, two is better than one.
This blog post dedicated to the more than 65 million people, 29% of the U.S. population, who provide care for a chronically ill, disabled or aged family member or friend during any given year. ~ Caregiving in the United States; National Alliance for Caregiving
Proverbs 8:34-35 Blessed is the man who listens to me, watching daily at my doors, waiting at my doorway. For whoever finds me finds life and receives favor from the Lord.
Wisdom continues to urge men to listen to her instruction. A Blessing will be bestowed to the man who waits at her doors, ready and prepared to receive her instruction.
This is not a once and a while opportunity. We are to wait “daily” at her doors. Don’t move through your day by routine and habit. Be alert, be waiting, looking for the opportunity that wisdom may bring your way. Keep pen and pad or recorder available for sudden knowledge that may come your way.
Now That's A Door!
Wake up fully rested and be on your toes, be 100% alive, ready for whatever your day brings. Adversity? There are often great blessings hidden in adversity.
Not enough patience to wait? Then be bold! Walk up and knock on the door, really pound on it!
In Walter DeLamaire’s poem the Listeners we meet a mysterious man who keeps a difficult commitment late in the night at a lonely estate. Does the man tiptoe around to see if anyone is there? Does her meekly tap on the door a couple of times? No, the man is bold, unafraid:
“For he suddenly smote on the door, even Louder, and lifted his head:- ‘Tell them I came, and no one answered, That I kept my word’ he said.”
Pound on the door of opportunity today and shout your presence. Wisdom will reward you.
What Could Go Wrong Here?
Proverbs 27:23-27 Be sure you know the condition of your flocks, give careful attention to your herds; for riches do not endure forever, and a crown is not secure for all generations. When the hay is removed and the new growth appears and the grass from the hills is gathered in, the lambs will provide you with clothing, and the goats with the price of a field. You will have plenty of goats’ milk to feed you and your family and to nourish your servant girls.
The topic is stewardship. The message is a warning. Be a maniac for maintenance and caution!
Just What I Needed!
Stewardship is simply taking care of your stuff, or the stuff you have been entrusted with. Here was a person blessed by God with many physical blessings. But the stewardship requires diligence. The shepherd is encouraged to know the condition of his flocks. Are they healthy? Any sign of disease? Any sign of predators? What could go wrong here?
The flocks were the wealth of this herder. They provided income, clothing and food. They provided a living that included a level of wealth that included household servants.
The warning is that you can lose your wealth much quicker then you gained it. As a king’s reign can come to a sudden end so can riches disappear.
So lets take this proverb at a practical level and consider the tools we require to make a living and take action.
- If you are in farming or ranching make sure you know the condition of your land and your flocks
- If you need a car or truck in your work what condition is it in? Good tires? Good brakes? Regularly serviced?
- Mechanic? Carpenter? What condition are your tools? Are they secure from a thief? Insured?
- Use a PC for work? Is it protected? Covered by a service plan? Do you have a back up?
- Stock or Real Estate investor? When was the last time you carefully reviewed your holdings?
My Action Step – review all my assets. Research and replace tires on my Toyota with best value for my money.
“Distrust and caution are the parents of security.” ~ Benjamin Franklin